CHICAGO, Illinois – On Sunday, the United States Soccer Federation announced the hiring of Gregg Berhalter as its new Head Coach.
Berhalter takes over for interim coach Dave Sarachan after spending the previous five years at the helm of the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer.
“We are excited to announce Gregg as the next head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team,” said USSF President Carlos Cordeiro in a statement.
“As an experienced former National Team player and highly regarded professional coach, we are confident he is the best person to guide our program forward. We are looking forward to formally introducing him on Tuesday in New York,” added Cordeiro.
Berhalter’s first major tournament in charge of the U.S. will be the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup in which the U.S. will seek to repeat as champions after lifting the trophy in the 2017 edition.
The United States will participate in Group D and play its three group stages matches in Saint Paul, Minnesota on June 18, Cleveland, Ohio on June 22 and finishing in Kansas City, Kansas on June 26.
The U.S. is a six-time champion of the Gold Cup, second all-time to Mexico’s seven titles.
As a player, Berhalter earned 44 caps and was a member of the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup teams for the U.S.
"This is a tremendous honor,” Berhalter said in a statement. “Having played for the National Team I know what it means to represent our country. I believe in our players and our program, and together we will work to build something special and develop a team that will make our supporters proud.”